Tribeca TV lineup features “I Am Heath Ledger,” “Vietnam War”

CNN’s new series Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History and Ken Burns‘ The Vietnam War are among the projects Tribeca has unveiled as part of its second annual Tribeca TV program. The expanded ...
March 24, 2017

CNN’s new series Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History and Ken BurnsThe Vietnam War are among the projects Tribeca has unveiled as part of its second annual Tribeca TV program.

The expanded program features 15 shows, including five series premieres, four season premieres, three independent pilots, one feature doc and one sneak peek.

“Coming off of a very successful first year of Tribeca TV, we curated this year’s program to include an expanded, exceptional lineup of top-notch shows and dynamic storytellers both in front of and behind the camera,” said Cara Cusumano, director of programming, in a statement. “As the TV landscape continues to evolve in exciting, cinematic directions, the festival creates a unique opportunity for audiences to discover together on a big screen what everyone else will eventually be talking about from their couches at home.”

Tribeca TV debuted last year and launched a diverse selection of shows that went on to critical acclaim and commercial success, including HBO’s The Night Of and AMC’s The Night Manager.

Tribeca TV will host a special event for CNN’s new series Soundtracks: Songs That Defined Historyexecutive produced by Dwayne Johnson, which explores music as a driving force behind social change, with the premiere of the series’ 9/11 episode at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

SpikeTV will premiere a new installment of their feature documentary series I Am Heath Ledger, an inside look at the life of Heath Ledger, as told by his inner circle.

Ken Burns will be honored for his work as one of the most influential and celebrated historical documentarians with the festival’s new Citizen Filmmaker Award. Following the presentation, audience members will screen a special sneak peek created especially for Tribeca of The Vietnam War, a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series about the Vietnam War directed by Burns and Lynn Novick, which will air on PBS this fall.

See below a selection of unscripted projects that are part of the Tribeca TV Lineup. A full list can be found here.

“I Am Heath Ledger” (Spike TV) – World Premiere

Producer/Co-Director: Derik Murray. Co-Director: Adrian Buitenhuis.

Told through excerpts of his greatest performances, interviews with friends and family (including Ben Mendelsohn, Naomi Watts, Ang Lee, and Ben Harper), and the lens of his own camera, I Am Heath Ledger is an intimate celebration of the actor, artist, and icon. An artist of exceptional depth and courage, Ledger was equally talented behind the camera. This stirring documentary paints a rich portrait of one of the great artists of his generation.

Screening times:
Sunday, April 23, 5:00 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub
Monday, April 24, 6:45 PM, RGL-9
Wednesday, April 26, 8:00 PM, CIN-6
Thursday, April 27, 8:00 PM, CIN-6

“Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History” (CNN)

Executive Producers: Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre.

Soundtracks explores seminal moments in history through the music that defines them. Featuring original interviews with legendary musicians as well as celebrated journalists, historians, and writers, the series reveals how music has been a driving force behind social change. In a Tribeca screening at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the show will explore how songs like Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” took on new and heightened meaning, as music took center stage for a country fighting to heal. Co-hosted by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

After the episode: A conversation with CNN anchor of New DayChris Cuomo, and professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Jason King. Moderated by Executive Vice President and Deputy Director for Museum Programs at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Clifford Chanin.

Screening times: Tuesday, April 25, 7:00PM, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Wednesday, April 26, 3:00 PM, SVA-2

The Vietnam War (PBS) – Special Sneak Peek

Producers: Sarah Botstein, Ken Burns, Lynn Novick.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never been told before. Featuring testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including Americans who fought in the war, those who opposed it, and Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. The Vietnam War is an immersive, 360 degree narrative of a seminal period of history.

After the episode: A conversation with filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Screening time: Friday, April 28, 5:30 PM, SVA-1


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